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Receipt for Contraband Camp donation, Washington, 1863

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Commandant James J. Ferree of the Contraband Camp at Washington, D.C., signed a receipt acknowledging the gift of two pounds of clothing from the Maine Soldiers' Relief Association.

Slaves who escaped behind Union lines during the Civil War were considered contraband and therefore were not returned to their owners as the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act required.

Many lived in Contraband Camps in the Washington area.

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  • Title: Receipt for Contraband Camp donation, Washington, 1863
  • Creator: Ferree, James J.
  • Creation Date: 1863-10-07
  • Subject Date: 1863
  • Town: Washington
  • State: DC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 14.9 x 12.5
  • Local Code: Coll. 1533, Box 1/2
  • Collection: Maine Agency Sanitary Commission
  • Object Type: Text

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822

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